Funny side note - the background picture on my "Days Diet Coke Free!" countdown app is a picture of me drinking a non-soda (cough pina-colada cough) as my "inspiration". Go do you girl, do you.
But, a full 70 days later, there are still times when the craving will hit hard, and I will think, "God I could use a Diet Coke right now. Then life would be complete." And I wander over to the fridge and pour a glass of... milk. (Total let-down).
I haven't had any miraculous things happen since giving it up - I haven't lost weight or felt healthier or stopped craving bad things, although I have to stay strong and assume that it's only good for me to have given this up.
A couple things I have learned since quitting DC:
1) Energy Drinks are not soda. Before giving up Diet Coke I NEVER had energy drinks because I didn't need to - I would always pick Diet Coke. But now that I don't drink sodas when I need a "pep in my step" a regular (not sugar-free) Red Bull does the trick. I gave up sodas and aspartame, not carbonation, remember.
2) Alcohol is used much more frequently when I can't have a Diet Coke. Need a little something while I speed clean my house? *Baileys* Need something to help me chill out after a long day? *Red Wine* Need something when I'm having one of those "days"? *Erm... orange juice, cranberry juice, and vodka :)*
My advice to alcoholics AND diet coke addicts? Pick your vice - don't attempt to give up both of them. Seriously.
P.S. I'm not an alcoholic. I jest. But I am 25 and allowed an occasional drink :)
And for your Hump Day viewing pleasure... my "inspiration" picture on my countdown app:
Please tell me that some of you have also given up a vice recently and can relate? I need inspiration!